Whitney Denison can’t wait to start over.
She thought she had everything under control, that her future would always include her best friend Katie… Until everything changed.
Now her life in Bloom is one big morning after hangover, filled with regret, grief, and tiny pinpricks of reminders that she was once happy. A happy she ruined. A happy she can’t fix.
So, she is counting down the days until she leaves home for Colson University, cramming her summer with busywork she didn’t finish her senior year, and taking on new hobbies that involve glue and glitter, and dodging anyone who reminds her of her old life.
When she runs into the stranger who drove her home on graduation night, after she’d passed out next to a ditch, she feels herself sinking again. The key to surviving the summer in Bloom is unraveling whatever good memories she can from that night.
But in searching for answers, she’ll have to ask for help and that means turning to Evan, the stranger, and Kyle, Katie’s ex-boyfriend. Suddenly, life flips again, and Whitney finds herself on not only the precipice of happy but love, too, causing her to question whether she can trust her feelings, or if she is falling into her old patterns of extremes.
As she uncovers the truth about her memories, Whitney sees that life isn’t all or nothing, and that happy isn’t something to wait for, that instead, happy might just be a choice.
One of the bad reviews for this book said that they didn't like this book because they couldn't see where it was going. What? Isn't that usually the point? To start a story and see where it goes and how it gets there? Granted, this book was a little confusing in the beginning, but there's a reason for that, and it's actually pretty well done.
This book shows that you can be a screwed up teen and mess something up, but you can still fix your life. You can figure out what went wrong and make it better. It isn't too late! I also liked this book because I related - Whitney's best friend dumped her and Whitney is trying to figure out why - I had the same high school experience (though in my case it made less sense than in Whitney's case). Also, there was vegan food for Whitney's ex-bestie, Katie.
The cute boy in the book tucks a paperback into the waistband of his jeans! Cute boys who read!
Life wasn't a series of unicorns farting rainbows. It was a series of to-do lists scattered with random heart-stopping moments of disappointment and or pain.
His lips were warm, and I tasted mint and the last words of a song.
Here is Coleen Patrick's website.
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